Sports Science

Sports Science (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: Physiological factors affecting performance (2 hr written exam, 30% of A-Level)
  • UNIT 2: Psychological factors affecting performance (1 hr written exam, 20% of A-Level)
  • UNIT 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (1 hr written exam, 20% of A-Level)
  • UNIT 4: Performance in Physical Education (non-exam assessment, 30% of A-Level)

Course aims:

This reformed qualification will provide students to gain a deeper understanding of sports performance and the areas that underpin Sports Science. They will look in detail at physiological aspects of the body, learn about a variety of biomechanical principles, consider how psychology can impact on sporting performance, and also study in detail contemporary issues in sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students.

Entry requirements:

The GCSE course in Physical Education is the ideal foundation for this course, however is not a pre-requisite for a candidate suitable for the subject. The diverse nature of the course means that it combines very well with a range of other subjects (Biology, Physics, Psychology, and History).

All students are required to be active in one key sporting area.

Key features:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Sporting performance
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance

Higher Education:

A level Sports Science provides an excellent foundation for specialist study in both Sports Science and other sport related degrees. It provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, management, health, fitness and professional sports.